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Drivers in LA crash that killed five charged with murder

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This aerial image taken from video provided by KABC-TV shows authorities responding to a traffic collision in the suburban neighbourhood Windsor Hills, of Los Angeles, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.
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LOS ANGELES — A driver suspected of causing a violent crash that killed five people and his eight-and-a-half-month unborn child were charged with murder on Monday.

Nicole Lorraine Linton has been charged with gross negligence in her six counts of murder and her five counts of vehicular manslaughter, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

If convicted on all charges, she could face her 90-year prison sentence.

Linton, her 37-year-old itinerant nurse from Houston, Texas, was released from hospital over the weekend before she was jailed Monday on $9 million bail. It was not immediately clear if there was a lawyer available to speak on her behalf. He flew a red light and was slammed into a car at a busy intersection in unformed Windsor Hills, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southwest of downtown. Los Angeles. Several victims were thrown from their vehicles and several vehicles were set ablaze.

The accident killed her 23-year-old Ashley Ryan, her 11-month-old son Alonzo, her Quintero, and boyfriend Reynold Lester, Sha'seana Kerr said on her GoFundMe. said in a post.

Lester's family told her KABC-TV that the 24-year-old security guard was the father of Ryan's eight-and-a-half-month unborn child. Family members said Ryan was on her way to see a doctor for a prenatal checkup when she was killed. Instead, the fetus was identified by the coroner's office as Armani Lester and was listed as having been born on the same day he died.

"A young family fell apart in an instant," District Attorney George Gascon said at a press conference.

Two of her other women were also killed, but their names were not released as of Monday.

"Debris from a violent collision at this intersection was cleared and traffic was eventually reopened, but with devastating consequences for the families and friends of the casualties," said Gascon. said. "It's a huge loss, not just to our families, but to our entire community who learned of this incredible tragedy or saw a viral video of the crash," he said. said they found no evidence that Linton was under the influence of alcohol, but prosecutors said she had a history of dangerous crashes and knew of the threat her driving behavior posed. The Los Angeles Times reported

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